Essay on The Tragedy of Leila in Bone

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The Tragedy of Leila in Bone

How much responsibility should any child have over their family? In "Bone," by Fae Myenne Ng, a character named Leila is born the daughter of a loving mother, Mah, and a run-out-on-the-family father whom cursed Leila with a last name Fu. As Leila said herself, "Fu in our dialect sounds like the word for bitter" (18). She became the oldest with two other sisters, Ona and Nina, whom both came from Mah's second husband, Leon. Leon loves his biological daughters like a true father should; meanwhile, Leon also loves Leila, his daughter only by marriage to Mah. Leon expresses how much he loves his daughters by saying "Five sons don't make one good daughter" (3), causing a scene in front of people who
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She keeps this position for many years, doing such things as driving around town with unwanted chores as favors. When Leila is in her car and about to drive away from Salmon Ally, "[Mah] leaned forward and held up a small jar. 'for Leon?'" (53), Leila is put into a situation where "no" is not a valid choice.

When Ona commits suicide by jumping off of the Nam building, Leila is the first one in the family that is told the horrible news. Leila automatically becomes responsible of telling each of the family members about her sisters death. When told about her daughter, Mah screams "My daughter, my daughter" (143). The news of Ona's death hits Mah the hardest; however, her tearless daughter Leila comforts her much like how a mother would comfort during a time of need.

After Ona's death, Leon remains married to Mah, but moves to a rundown "old-man hotel" (4) named the San Fran. Leila watches out for Leon, letting him know what is happing inside Mah's home at Salmon Alley as well as his important appointments with the family. Leila's relationship with Leon is truly unique because Leila acts as a parent to Leon. When he moves out, she visits him and keeps him company even though she hates the conditions he lives in. Such an act of kindness would also be done by a mother of a child whom seeks the freedom of his or her own residence.

Leila is blessed with the aid of Mason Louie, who she later marries. Mason is always ready to

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